AS INDIGENOUS people marched in capital cities calling for wider recognition of the British invasion, more than 16,000 people became our newest Australians.
Hundreds of Aboriginals and their supporters marched through Melbourne and Sydney's CBD areas yesterday with placards marked Invasion Day and Day of Mourning.
While they marched, marking the dispossession of Australia's original inhabitants, politicians gathered at official events around the country.
About 400 citizenship ceremonies were held across the country.
In Canberra, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the nation could look with "pride and regret" at its past, but that Australia was "not defined, let alone trapped by our history, as many other nations are".